Cultural Memory - The Balkan Network for Culture and Culture Studies

Call for Papers and Call for Panel Proposals
The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies (CCCS)
The Balkan Network for Culture and Culture Studies (BNCCS)
Annual Conference 2013: “Cultural Memory”
September 5-6, 2013, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
The deadline for proposals is February 1st, 2013
The Centre for Culture and Cultural Studies (CCCS) and The Balkan Network for Culture and Culture
Studies (BNCCS) will organize the first of many to follow, annually-held conferences, under the overarching
theme “Cultural Memory”.

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The interest in the past, and consequently, the interest in collective and individual memory, is quite
pertinent to our overall present-day research interests. Finding a way to articulate and express individual
and collective identities, which find themselves under the undeniable pressure of globalization,
transition and consumer processes, is becoming increasingly important. On the one hand, in today’s
contemporary, post-modern societies, the various ethnic groups call for recognition, which in turn
demonstrates a need for the construction of their pasts, and thus, their cultural memories. On the
other hand, if national, regional, religious and/or local cultural identities present today were portrayed
as more or less stable entities, today they may be observed as nothing more than events,
changes or conflicts usually associated with secularization, industrialization, globalization, migration,
or many other political, economic, cultural and/or religious. From this stance, culture is seen as
shaped under the influence of processes that stand in constant mutual tension. In other words, it is
located in a state of constant negotiation with the newly present conditions, values, ideas and beliefs,
set in circumstances whence the previously dominant segments are no longer present. In such processes,
the term memory occupies a central role.
The objective of this first conference is twofold: namely, to contribute to the study of cultural
memory by unlocking narratives about the past (and their canonization), and offer relevant critical
observations on the manifestations of cultural memory that are not essentially ‘narratives’. This approach
provides a kind of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary access to cultural memory taken
from various perspectives.
In this context, we are faced the following questions: how do we recall, remember and forget? What
stories are ‘permitted’ and which are ‘forbidden’? How does the past determine the present and
shape the future? How do the various discourses of the past determine the social and personal identities?
How are our deepest emotions, desires and fantasies articulated in the present through the
discursive space of memory? What are the relations between memory and monuments, archives and
museums? How can we understand the dual nature of monuments: as tools of ideologically driven
memory (fixed memory) and/or as constant sources of creative construction and opening up of
memory? Does technological development influence the process of remembering the past? What are